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 Atlantic Ghost catshark (Apristurus atlanticus)

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Atlantic Ghost catshark
No image of Atlantic Ghost catshark found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Catsharks (Scyliorhinidae)
      Genus: Apristurus (Apristurus)


Scientific: Apristurus atlanticus
German: Atlantischer Geister-Katzenhai
English: Atlantic Ghost catshark, Atlantic catshark
French: Holbiche atlantique
Spanish: Pejegato atl├íntico


Big snout, enlarged nostrils. Big eyes. Two small dorsal fins. Relatively large anal fin with a broad base.


Brown. Fins with dark edges. Dark gill slits.


Eastern Atlantic: Madeira. Other areas are not confirmed.


A very little-known species. Seems to prefer deeper water.


Unknown. Most likely invertebrates and probably small fishes.


More than 25 cm.


Unknown, most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species have a similar appearance and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly differentiate between the species.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > DD (Data Deficient)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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